Anti Virus Software


ISSUES

  • Cost

  • Constantly Updating Software

Pros

  • Preventing damage like data deletion, changed/stolen passwords, important identity information stolen, or damage to important system files that prevent a computer from starting.

FAQ

  • Is anti virus software the same as anti spyware software.

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Description

Anti virus software is very important these days because of all of the malicious software out there. Along with the increase of uses for the internet comes an increase in the amount of potential viruses, creating a larger market for anti virus software. Anti virus programs not only scan your computer for existing malicious content, but they also protect your computer from new viruses that may be picked up through downloading files or email. Usually these programs give you options on how to fix problems they find which include repairing the problem file, quarantining the file so that the viruses can no longer spread to other files, or just deleting the file.

Why We Need AV Software

Anti virus software is a very important tool to people who value the information on their computers. Anti virus software helps prevent any malicious code from being executed without the users knowledge. If a user comes in contact with a virus and nothing stops that code from running, then a computer can be seriously damaged. Damage can consist of: data deletion, changed/stolen passwords, important identity information stolen, or damage to important system files that prevent a computer from starting. With out any AV software a hacker can remotely take control of your computer and this is why it's important to have such software. In order to help prevent such disasters, anti virus software needs to be running full time with up-to-date definitions.

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Problems with Antivirus Software

There are problems associated with using antivirus software. One of the most common problems users of personal computers run into with antivirus software is cost. A good number of antivirus software requires the user to update his/her software monthly and after a few months may require the user to subscribe to a service to update from. The cost of this is generally expensive. Because it is a subscription, after it has expired the users computer become vulnerable to more advanced viruses. The software is still working, but without the updates is not serving much of a purpose.

One solution to this problem is free antivirus software which is becoming more popular. Those providing this software offer optional upgrades, but offer full protection at no cost.
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Antivirus software FAQ

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What is antivirus software?
A.
Antivirus software is a program that either comes installed on your computer or that you purchase and install yourself. It helps protect your computer against most viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other unwanted invaders that can make your computer "sick." Viruses, worms, and the like often perform malicious acts, such as deleting files, accessing personal data, or using your computer to attack other computers.
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Why should I use antivirus software?
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You can help keep your computer healthy by using antivirus software. Remember to update your antivirus software regularly. These updates are generally available through a subscription from your antivirus vendor.
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Q.
Is antivirus software the same as antispyware software?
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No. Antivirus software helps protects against viruses. Antispyware software helps protect against spyware and other unwanted software. Some security services help protect against viruses and spyware, such as Windows Live OneCare. To help protect against spyware, try Windows Defender.
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Q.
If I use antivirus software, do I still need a firewall?
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Yes. You should use a firewall in addition to antivirus software to help protect your computer. For more information, see Why you should use a firewall.
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Q.
How do I tell if I already have antivirus software on my computer?
A.
Check the Programs list on the Start menu and look for an antivirus program, such as Windows Live OneCare. Many major computer manufacturers include at least a trial version of a popular antivirus software package, such as McAfee or Symantec. But just because the software is installed, doesn't mean it's "turned on," or being updated regularly.
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Where can I get antivirus software if I don't have it installed?
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If you don't have antivirus software installed, you can get it from one of several companies. Microsoft offers a service called Windows Live OneCare which helps protect your computer from many different kinds of threats. It also helps you back up your important documents in case of emergency and runs regular tune-ups to help your computer run smoothly. For special offers on other antivirus and firewall packages, visit our Security software: Downloads and trials page.
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How much does Windows Live OneCare cost?
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Windows Live OneCare PC care subscription service costs $49.95 (MSRP) per year for up to 3 computers, offering you the value of protection and maintenance all in one solution. Right now, you can try the service for free by signing up for the free trial.
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I already have antivirus software installed, but I want to install an antivirus program from a different company. Can I do that?
A.
If you already have antivirus software installed, but you want to install a new product from a different company, be certain to uninstall your current product before installing the new one. Leaving the previous version installed can cause conflicts on your system.
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How do I keep my antivirus software up to date?
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Out-of-date antivirus software means ineffective antivirus software. Antivirus software relies on regular updates to help protect against the latest threats. If you aren't subscribed to these updates, your computer may be vulnerable to attacks by malicious software. Here are some tips for making sure your antivirus software stays current:

Purchase an annual subscription from your antivirus software company to make sure your antivirus software stays current and effective. If you have purchased a subscription, most antivirus software will update itself when you are connected to the Internet.


To ensure your software is up to date, open your antivirus program from the Start** menu or the taskbar notification area and look for update status. If you still aren't sure if your antivirus software is up to date, contact your antivirus software provider.

References:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/protect/antivirus.mspx